Wagamama warns that a growing supply chain crisis could lead to higher food prices as it struggles to hire a chef to fill one-fifth of the restaurant’s vacancies.
This happens when the hospitality sector fights supply chain problems and the “worst case” of labor shortages amid rising demand after the coronavirus is lifted.
Wagamama’s recently appointed CEO, Thomas Hier, said he was struggling to fill the vacancies of about 30 chefs out of the chain’s 147 UK sites.
Brexit is affecting the number of European workers looking for jobs in the UK, as logistics companies rely on wage increases and sudden cash bonuses to fill the shortage of lorries and delivery drivers He said he blamed fierce competition in the recruitment market.
Hire told PA News Agency: “Especially the EU workforce has declined, but another is the intensification of competition with logistics and delivery companies, which are suffering from increased vacancies.”
According to the company’s boss, the hiring struggle arose as the demand for workers across the hospitality sector surged due to the rapid growth of the business following the deregulation of the coronavirus and the increased stay of British people.
He said August, which is usually a quiet month, saw sales comparable to the peak trading levels commonly seen in the fall.
“This is a worst-case situation that is higher than normal demand, with mixed supply chain challenges and a shortage of logistics staff,” Heier said.
He said the pan-Asian chain isn’t desperately short of chefs and ingredients, but feels the same pressure as many of its rivals.
He also warned that pressure could lead to higher food prices as the supply chain crisis heightened.
“I don’t think we or anyone else is out of the water yet,” he said.
Due to a shortage of truck drivers, big companies such as Tesco and Asda are offering new hires a £ 1,000 start-up bonus, and Amazon is “ We also offer “Golden Hello”.
According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the surge in demand for workers has led to 193,000 new classified ads in the week leading up to August 29th.
Selfish comments came when the group launched a “Plant Pledge” campaign, encouraging diners to eat more vegan food and reduce meat and dairy products to help the environment.
As part of a previously announced initiative, we have confirmed that 50% of our menus are meat-free for the first time since October 6th.
The company also outlined plans to expand its presence in the UK, aiming for an additional 40 sites over the next five years, including delivery kitchens.